The Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) is composed of ten members elected by the CoP. These members are scientists recognized internationally for their expertise in a variety of disciplines relevant to global change research.

As the main scientific advisory body of the IAI, it makes recommendations to the Conference of the Parties regarding the Science Agenda, long-range plans and annual program of the Institute. The SAC also leads the peer-review system for scientific proposals and results of IAI funded programs.

(See past SAC members here)

Current composition of the SAC

Reynaldo Victoria (Chair)
Area of expertise: Agronomy, soils, plant nutrition
Appointment: 2016-2019, 2019-2022


Elena Abraham
IADIZA (CONICET-UNCuyo-Gob. de Mendoza)
Area of expertise: Desertification, drylands
Appointment: 2016-2019, 2019-2022


Edwin Castellanos
Universidad del Valle de Guatemala
Area of expertise: Ecosystem ecology, adaptation
Appointment: 2015-2018, 2018-2021


Tereza Cavazos
Area of expertise: Climate variability, physical oceanography
Appointment: 2017-2020, 2020-2023


Mariana Meerhoff Scaffo
Universidad de la República
Area of expertise: Ecology and water quality in shallow lakes and streams; trophic interactions, effects of climate warming and other global changes on freshwater 
Appointment: 2018-2021


Joshua Tewksbury
Future Earth
Area of expertise: Biology, ecology
Appointment: 2016-2019, 2019-2022


Inés Camilloni
Universidad de Buenos Aires
Area of expertise: Climate change and variability, air quality.
Appointment: 2020-2023


Alexander Turra
Instituto Oceanográfico, Universidade de Sao Paulo
Area of expertise: Marine Ecology and Coastal Management.
Appointment: 2020-2023


Patricia Balvanera
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Area of expertise: Biodiversity and human well-being.
Appointment: 2020-2023


Jean Paul Metzger
Universidade de Sao Paulo
Area of expertise: Landscape ecology and biodiversity conservation.
Appointment: 2020-2023

(Associates of the IAI)

Michelle Scobie (alternate member / miembro alterno)
University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago
Area of expertise: International law and environmental governance, tourism, climate, biodiversity.
Appointment: 2020-2023


Mercy J. Borbor (alternate member / miembro alterno)
Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral, Ecuador
Area of expertise: Coastal marine resources, climate, health, risk management, urban ecology.
Appointment: 2020-2023




The SPAC was established by the CoP in 2013 to provide advice to the CoP and the IAI Directorate regarding the application and design of science in policy and decision making

(Past SPAC members here)

Current composition of the SPAC

Brigitte Baptiste (Chair)
Universidad Ean, Colombia
Appointment: 2014-2015; 2015-2017; 2017-2020, 2020-2023

Walter Baethgen
International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) Columbia University, USA
Director, Regional Program for Latin America and the Caribbean 
Appointment: 2014-2015; 2015-2017; 2017-2020, 2020-2023

Javier Gracia-Garza
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
General Director, Science and Technology Branch 
Appointment: 2015-2018, 2018-2020, 2020-2023

Evelia Rivera Arriaga
Professor Investigator of Ecology, Fisheries, and Oceanography
Appointment: 2017-2020, 2020-2023

Karen de Oliveira Silverwood Cope
Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Brazil
General Coordinator for Ocean and Antarctic Science
Appointment: 2020-2023

David Smith
University of the West Indies, Jamaica
Director of the Centre for Environmental Management
Coordinator of the Institute for Sustainable Development
Appointment: 2020-2023

Vaughan Turekian
U.S. National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine
Executive Director, Policy and Global Affairs Division
Appointment: 2020-2023